5 Secrets of the Best Staffing Agencies

April 9th, 2019   •   Best of Staffing   •   no comments   

Currently, successful companies are turning to staffing agencies to lessen the burden on the human resource department. In most firms, the HR department that oversees many different employee issues such as hiring, processing salaries and conducting appraisals, personnel issues, records, etc. However, the recruiting landscape is rapidly changing. Outsourcing such service proves to be a very prudent move to any employer, especially those with a minimal recruiting team.

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First, the pressure on the HR department is alleviated. They can concentrate on other crucial activities that directly contribute to income generation or minimizing legal HR exposures for the firm.   They can work on aligning HR with their firm’s strategic direction.

Also, staffing agencies are typically a team of the best recruiters. Such a firm has the know-how to select the best candidates from a large pool. This is mandatory for any firm since highly qualified employees are your ‘secret sauce.’

Additionally, a recruitment agency will save the company a lot of time especially during the hiring process that is usually lengthy. This frees up internal people to concentrate on other tasks.

As an employer, you should consider engaging a staffing agency the next time that you need to recruit.

The following are 5 secrets of a well qualified staffing agency: 

1. Staffing Agency that Partners with Employers 

Nobody would entertain the prospect of working with a staffing agency that is not collaborative. One of the essential qualities to look out here is whether the staffing agency’s employees possess excellent listening skills. This is because primarily, their task involves listening to candidates and evaluating them based on their behaviors and credentials. If the staffing agency doesn’t cooperate with your firm, there is a high chance of them bringing you the wrong kind of staff. You should therefore not hesitate to dismiss a staffing agency that doesn’t cooperate. 

2. Professional and Competent Recruiters

You want to work with a legitimate firm that can settle even its in-house issues. So, you need a firm that possesses high-quality recruiters who have considerable experience following years of work in the sector. Therefore, as you plan on the staffing agency to settle on, consider the qualifications of their staff. If they are not professional, run – don’t walk away. Such recruiters may end up hiring under-qualified and incompetent staff. 

The reputation of a company is enhanced through numerous means, and one of them is retaining most of its employees over a long period. A company where employees keep quitting shows that there are pertinent issues. Employees in such a firm are highly likely to be not highly motivated, and this highly impacts on their output. Avoid hiring such firms as they may cost you much in the end. 

3. Widens the Recruitment Net

It common for recruiters to only shortlist candidates that apply on the employer’s job board. This at times is wrong because there is a considerable pool of applicants on other job boards. Therefore, a hiring firm that limits itself to a specific job board minimizes its chances of landing the best candidates in the market. As you look out for a hiring agency, it is imperative to request the firm’s job board scope. This helps determine if the staffing agency’s final shortlist is fully comprehensive of what’s available in the market.

Flexicrew Staffing is a Chattanooga-based hiring firm that is known for extending beyond the basic job boards and delivering the best candidates within a short period. 

4. Accessible Any Time – Flexible As Required 

As an employer, you probably work beyond the regular operating hours to ensure you’re your work gets done and everything is streamlined. You also would want to consult the hiring agency whenever you feel that there’s a rectification that you intend to make. Therefore, choose one that fits that bill. A hiring agency that works beyond the regular working hours shows dedication to delivering work even within short deadlines.

Such a staffing agency should rise to the top of your hiring list like froth on hot chocolate. 

5. Staffing Agency Understands Your Company’s Culture 

Firms thrive on a set culture and values. Without a particular culture, many companies would not have achieved what they pride themselves on today. It is an important aspect that should not be overlooked. Therefore as you seek the best staffing agency, ensure that you are clear on what your own company believes in. It is from this point that you can choose the recruiting firm that is amenable with your firm’s culture. Such is a company that is willing to operate within your set systems without trying to introduce new procedures that compromise the firm’s way of operating. 

As an employer, you need to keep up with the trends to ensure that your firm can compete with others. And one of the ways of achieving this is ensuring that you have the most qualified staff. This can be enhanced by hiring a reliable staffing agency to do the ‘heavy lifting’ for you.

Flexicrew Staffing Agency Best in GA and east TN

The subtle secrets mentioned above are what you should be looking for before settling on the staffing agency that you intend to work with.  Give Flexicrew a call and we’ll work our magic on your workforce!

Part 2 – More Manager Behaviors that Illustrate Effective Leadership

March 28th, 2019   •   Leadership   •   no comments   

In Part 2 of this article we review a second set of 5 manager behaviors to determine if a manager reflects effective technical leadership.

We see that manager behavior includes all the tasks accomplished by a single individual (in smaller firms) or several persons (in larger organizations). The objectives of managing are to plan and control their subordinates activities. That leads to the achievement of objectives not possible if those subordinates acted independently.

Effective Technical Leadership in Manager Behaviors

In general, there are five overall manager behaviors that come into play in managing:

  • Planning
  • Organizing
  • Staffing
  • Leading
  • Controlling

So, managers will engage in most or all the above functions of planning, organizing, staffing, leading, and controlling to one extent or another. How much of each element depends on the organization. The specific needs, methods and practices of the organization, and the level at which the manager sits will determine the extent of each. I.e., lower level managers, might not have too much input on staffing, if this is done further up the chain of command. But, a consistent theme through all levels of management is that managers are required to attain results or outcomes through subordinates.

Let’s review managerial behaviors 6 – 10 to see if your team has effective technical leadership:

6. Workers Look to You for Advice  

Are you familiar to your teammates as a subject-matter expert (SME)? Do they frequently chat with you for advice or a solution? If so, you are a strong candidate for leadership. People come to you for your thinking since you give them answers that are well-thought out, timely and honest. This shows that you grasp how your company works and what you need and your team needs to do.  With a sufficient amount of experience and knowledge you become a terrific resource. People often come to you for solutions to the challenges they can’t figure out.   You need to develop a following among your teammates. Since you are a ‘go-to’ person, your willingness to aid co-workers will attract them to you naturally. 

7. Workers Outside Your Team Recognize You as a Good Manager  

Other groups of people – even your customers perceive you as a great manager. You’re knowledgeable and you exhibit a good grasp of the company’s business. You do that not only in your core responsibility but also beyond. This will give you a broad perspective on the way things work. And also a feel for how they should be working.  When you’re in a leadership position, you need to have a close grasp of what is happening in the market and the potential challenges that are going to confront your company. With a good amount of knowledge of on-the-ground realities, you can ride your company through during challenging times to the top. 

8. Newer and Better Ways of Running the Business  

Your recommendations can be successful for the company by devising work flows that lead to improvements in the use of resources and time. Now that is a great quality that gets you a promotion to the ‘leader of the pack.’ New ideas and processes are vital to improved efficiency for the company. People in leadership have responsibility to squeeze every ounce of efficiency out of company resources. Making the workforce and processes more productive will reduce the time to produce a given volume of output. It will also reduce the time it takes you to make the jump up the ladder.

9. Concentrates When Listening 

If you attentively listen to your coworkers and teammates and help them resolve roadblocks, it adds to your ‘cred” and to your odds of enter ping manager ranks.   Fellow workers approach you to discuss anything they are dissatisfied with. You don’t feel it boring or ‘none of my business’ while you were listening to them. You know you don’t come across as not having time to speak to your employees or coworkers when they come to you with their problem that needs solving. 

You need to be a good listener to exhibit effective leadership. Being a good listener convinces other managers that you care for your team and that you are empathetic.   Besides, it will keep you engaged.

When your employees understand that you care for them they will be ready to work harder and deliver beyond expectations.   Employees are generally used to returning the favor by a leader who cares for them. In this regard, they consider who the leader is, what they bring, how they are going to benefit from them and how they are going to benefit the company as a whole.   Employees look for leaders who take care of them and who are reliable at both the workplace and outside.  

Empathetic leaders listen with patience. This manager behavior brings them respect. When you listen frequently you tend to become a compassionate leader.   Leaders in an elevated position will be extremely mindful of what is going on around them. How? They listen! They use both verbal and non-verbal cues.   When leaders listen, they are not sensing what is being said, they engage in dialogue to get the real story. 

10. Comfortable When Others Attain the Next Level 

If you see everyone’s potential, you encourage them to take steps to be promoted to the next level.   Significantly, when you are in a leadership position, you need to take care of everyone in the team. It is not just the most talented employee that you need to consider.   Make everyone perform at the highest efficiency level so that it will make each person themselves a better performer and it will also help the company doing the job at a higher efficiency.     

About Flexicrew Technical Services

Flexicrew Technical Services, founded in 2008, focusing on fast and flexible staffing solutions. FTS uses technology and industry best-practices to deliver the most talented and qualified professionals –engineering, IT and manufacturing to clients within most major industries. Headquartered in New Orleans, LA, Houston and Pensacola and have current plans to continue expanding in the TN, GA, SC, and north AL markets.

WHY OUTSOURCE STAFFING TO A 3RD PARTY

March 18th, 2019   •   Staffing   •   no comments   

Sometimes smaller businesses need to outsource staffing because they lack sufficient resources. In such cases this could include accounting, processing payroll, direct deposit processing, and distribution channels. Larger companies want to contain costs and bring in temporary resources for short-term projects. There are additional benefits of outsource staffing to a 3rd party organizations that go beyond money saving measures.

OUTSOURCE STAFFING TO A 3RD PARTY

Outsource Staffing – Fixed vs Variable Cost Benefits

Outsourcing is a powerful method for transforming costs from being fixed to available for other uses. Many companies take advantage of this by using increased capital for investing purposes. This is an excellent way to fund important projects or research. There may be a domino effect in that new research or projects that can result in expansion and growth will attract new investors.

Additional gains with creating variable costs can be decreased expenses that normally would cause prices to rise. This is a matter of efficiency in a real sense and wise use of resources. Taking on important R&D typically means your market will pay for it at some point. Avoiding this transfer of expenses help you to maintain or increase your competitive advantage in the market.

Outsource Staffing Improves Reaction Time

One of the hallmarks of large corporations is they move like glaciers. Smaller businesses are very nimble which can be a tremendous asset. Using third party outsourcing can give even a large business speed. One perfect example is with new projects. All new staff can be dedicated, and you will just need to assign company oversight. This structure will minimize drain on full-time resources. Time to start-up will be dramatically reduced in many ways. Attempting a large project with all in-house resources will certainly take weeks if not months.

Outsource Staffing is a Form of Leverage

Small businesses face many obstacles because they lack resources. This is part of the playing field that is not level. Outsourcing is a form of leverage for the smaller companies if they understand how to best take advantage of it. All of the benefits of temp staffing are available with economy of scale being chief among them. Additional expertise can be acquired when it is needed, and capital can be diverted where it can provide a larger ROI.

A Means to Lighten the Load – Peripheral Responsibilities

One common complaint by permanent employees is additional lower level responsibilities. Managers are often subject to the same challenges and can quickly become spread too thin. Outsourcing can be an ideal way to use precise application of additional staffing. Your business can have a greater focus on core duties and priorities. The best approach to this is analyzing all the peripheral duties in your organization. Identify and isolate the functions and responsibilities that can be best handled with temporary staffing.

Outsource Staffing

Flexicrew Staffing has the expert knowledge and resources to help you find candidates you won’t find on your own. Let us assist you in finding the right person for your small or midsize business.  Call today.  flexicrew.com/contact-us/

Part 1 – Manager Behaviors that illustrate Effective Leadership

March 8th, 2019   •   Leadership   •   no comments   

The success of an organization depends on effective leadership to inspire the commitment, energy and engagement of their workforce. A classic example is the United States Navy SEALS. That organization trains the best manager behaviors. It never tries to force engagement. It possesses empowered teams and ecosystems that are well engaged but work in a decentralized environment.

Engaged employees will help reach company’s goals easily.  A report published by Gallup Organization on State of the Global Workplace, reports only 15% of the workforce feel engaged in their current position.

This shows that the members of the workforce overwhelmingly have not invested their time, energy and ingenuity in bringing additional value to their employer. Such workers are not going to attain a leadership position. That is, unless they begin to consistently practice positive values, positive attributes and true manager behaviors. 

Here are 5 ways that workers can practice some manager behaviors that illustrate effective leadership:

1.Effective Leadership Commands Teammates’ Respect

A leader must be respected by teammates. This shows that they are aware that you are responsible, professional and ethical in managing. Occasionally, a person is liked by teams because they tell jokes to lighten the mood or lower tension. However, they are not being a leader.

A reputation for having a great work ethic will help you to command respect as well as help you rise to a leadership position.   When you are in a leadership position you are expected to make real promises and create an impact on the organization.   When you act consistently with a positive ethical approach you become a reliable and trustworthy member of a company and, more importantly, of a work team.   You become others’ role model. Now, you can bring about a impressive impact on the organization as a whole. 

2.  Manager Behaviors that show Interest in the Team and the Big Picture

If you show a keen interest in the organization build- how the organization works how it is staying together and how it makes money and how it can improve its cash flow. Even if your suggestions are only based on a small department or function, Management will notice your attention to the company. This shows that you are trying to work out strategies to solve company problems or achieve strategic company  goals. 

When you engage your time and energy solely for the company, it will demonstrate your readiness to assume responsibility and take care of what matters to the business. The potential impact of a change, for example, in the costs or margins of the company and your concern/viewpoint on the same will reflect how closely you monitor the trend. This comes under the umbrella of effective leadership

3.  Has Gained Deep And Varied Experience

Now you are ready for leadership role thanks to your experience with good managers as well as bad managers each of them have taught you valuable lessons and those lessons you will never go out of your memory. They will help create a good culture at the workplace and will result in effective leadership.  Your personal knowledge and the knowledge gained after having worked with the team will help you to understand the company is better. 

Working with people of different ability helps invent new ways of doing things in a given set of circumstances. Thus, when your manager is difficult one and you’re hard-pressed to work the way he likes, it’s an opportunity to gain new experience. 

4. Attempts to Forge New Relationships and Seeks Challenges

If you are good at meeting new people and new teams and forge a relationship with those teams, you are on the leadership ladder. Being in the leadership position you need to deal with several teams are departments with distant discipline and visit different organizational goals.  

Being an effective leader, you need to forge new relationships with other teams as well as make sure that the relationship across teams is in sync with the goals of the organization.  By being in a leadership position, you can extend a helping hand to support the success of your other team members. This will help you keep a good rapport with engaged employees. 

5. Effective Leadership is Devoted To Learning More about Subordinates and Self

You’re so interested in learning more about the people around and yourself. For, you have a keen sense to learn because as you know assuming leadership is a challenge and it is not easy. To become a leader, you need to be humble and this makes you ready to learn from your employees. This will help you learn new ways of doing things, new behavior and habit easily. 

A leader who feels s/he has all the knowledge and solutions can never command the respect of teammates. And if you don’t command this respect it doesn’t constitute effective leadership.  Your business has top challenges ahead because of competition. And as a leader, you need to be ahead of others on a learning curve. You can learn new skills and new attributes. This will help encounter new challenges that confront your business. Therefore, you need to have a great passion to learn new things and we came to meet new people. 

Do you need more help finding top performers for your team?

Call Flexicrew. As one of  the Southeast’s top staffing agencies, we have years of experience serving employers – and helping them find truly exceptional people. Contact us today to learn more!

About Flexicrew

Flexicrew is family-owned and run since 2008, focusing on fast and flexible staffing solutions. Flexicrew makes use of technology and industry best practices to deliver the most talented and qualified professionals –industrial, skilled and unskilled, clerical – to clients within most major industries.

Business Hiring Challenges Solved by a Staffing Agency

February 27th, 2019   •   Hiring   •   no comments   

Businesses have their eyes on growth in 2019 but often business hiring challenges hinder expansion.

If a company wants to grow, it requires quality workers for the right jobs. And they’re hard to recruit in this tight job market.Hire the right people sign

Business Hiring Challenges

Multiple studies over the past several years indicate many businesses have had to deal with major challenges in recruiting and hiring those quality workers:

  • Vast majority admit to hiring a poor choice
  • Almost two-thirds had problems with their hiring procedure
  • About half have miscalculated just how difficult hiring would be

Why is that?

A major factor in hiring struggles seems to be that many businesses don’t have internal personnel to do recruiting. Because of that, the hiring process defaults to senior executives, or even the business owner.  But their time and attention is already fully engaged in other management responsibilities. Because of competing demands, hiring often gets put off. It doesn’t appear to be as urgent as other fire drills.

Running a team or company short-handed leads to productivity loss, and burnout – then eventually resentment and turnover.  To finally solve this situation, a company often makes an impatient, quick hire – often the wrong person.

Bad Hires

When organizations don’t take time to properly background check or thoroughly evaluate applicants, the likely outcome is the wrong hire. In one survey about 80% indicated their business had made a bad hire.  Based on Glassdoor research, it’s even worse.  95 percent of employers surveyed disclosed they make hiring errors each year by recruiting the wrong employees.

It’s difficult to stay patient when you need help urgently.  But you don’t want to hurry so much that you make a bad choice. This will force you back to the beginning to restart the entire process, thus wasting even more time.

Consequences of a Bad Hire

And bad hires produce multiple problems for employers:

  • Wasted time recruiting and training workers who eventually do not succeed
  • lost business
  • decreased productivity
  • increased stress on the team that worked with the bad hire
  • the company’s image gets tarnished
  • lost confidence in managers’ ability to make good hiring decisions

Business Hiring Challenges Timeline

But what does it take to fix these challenges and how long will it take the firm to restore workplace stability? When you’ve hired the wrong person for the job, you can start to get a sense for this fairly soon – within 1-2 months.

But that’s just the first part of a four-month marathon.  Here’s an estimated timeline to fix a bad hiring decision:

  • Recognition of bad hire 4 weeks
  • Assess and terminate worker 9 weeks
  • Recruit and hire new employee 5 weeks
  • TOTAL 18 weeks

That means about 18 weeks of added uneasiness for the staff, lower productivity and potentially damaged client interactions.

Hidden Business Hiring Challenges Uncovered

Unfortunately, hiring managers often make the same mistakes when they restart the process. When they start over, frequently they simply post the same outdated job description online and then expecting the ideal candidate to materialize “out of the blue.”

And even when a candidate emerges, they check references and screen resumes using the same inadequate methods.  They assign the same interviewers who made the hiring mistake in the first place.

Also, they may again fail to observe applicants’ soft skills. On balance, insufficient soft skills account for more than one-third of bad hiring mistakes.  Circumstances like a poor culture fit or personality conflicts often are the cause of bad hires. Soft skills like leadership, communication and organization are increasingly important in today’s recruitment climate.  However, many hiring managers don’t yet realize this.

And in this tight job market, the chances of hiring success with an out-of-date recruitment process are slim.

Think of the hiring process in its entirety.  Then you can grasp on your own the complexity of recruiting for the right worker.

The Strength of a Staffing Agency

More and more businesses have overcome hiring challenges by selecting a staffing agency. It helped them get the quality hire they need for the job.  An agency can recruit and have the candidate go through orientation and ‘hit the ground’ running faster.   And better still, it allowed the employer to focus on the demands of managing their business.

Flexicrew to the Rescue

In a November 2018 Best of Staffing survey by Inavero, respondents reported success from partnering with Flexicrew Staffing agency. This has been the case in 6 of the past 7 years.

When employing with a reliable staffing partner, business owners are able to:

  • Reach more candidates
  • Receive a satisfaction guarantee for every employee
  • Maintain productivity of their team
  • Save time and resources of current staff
  • Add a standardized, professional employment process

Need hiring and recruiting help? Contact Flexicrew. We’ve been finding quality employees for businesses like yours since 2008.

Ask the Flexpert…What’s 1 Quick Way to Boost Employee Productivity?

February 25th, 2019   •   Employee Productivity   •   no comments   

Boost employee productivity with SMART goals.

To boost individual job performance or to achieve ongoing project milestones, create targets which are SMART (specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, timely).  SMART goals are vital  to boost employee productivity and achieve  quality, timely and successful outcomes.

SMART goals are intended to structure and guide an assignment or an entire project.  You can pinpoint just what you want to achieve with this technique. This method is really helpful in guiding workers when they set personal targets that support the overall business mission.

Here’s an overview of the 5 elements of the SMART tool.  They will help improve your chances of accomplishing a goal and boost employee productivity.

Boost Employee Productivity with SMART Goals

1. Specific (S)

When setting a goal, be specific about what you want to accomplish. This is the summary statement for your goal. It is not an in-depth index of how you’re going to meet a goal, but it should answer these questions:

  • Who – who needs to be involved to achieve the goal
  • What – your end game – what you are trying to accomplish
  • Where – identify if there’s a relevant location
  • When – at least set a time frame for interim results and final completion
  • Why – the reason for the goal
  • Which – any related obstacles or requirements

2. Measurable (M)

Define metrics you will use to determine progress and eventual success

3. Achievable (A)

Concentrate on the goal and why you want to reach it.  Realize its importance to you or your business.  Recognize the resources needed to achieve the goal and how to get them.

4. Relevant (R)

Focus on assignments or outcomes aligned with broader business objectives.

5. Timely (T)

Providing time constraints should create a sense of urgency.  Set dates when goals must get done.  Be realistic, with a little stretch.

A target date or timeframe for deliverables is necessary.  Lacking a deadline goal leads to uncertainty and hesitation.  And it causes workers to put off completing important tasks.

Need help setting the SMART goals for your workforce?

Flexicrew can help provide the clarity and focus required to boost employee productivity and get the most out of your workforce efforts.